With cooler weather right around the corner, seasonal hair changes are on everyone’s minds—especially Georgie, who asks us via Facebook“I want to dye my hair black, but I don’t know if it will look good. Should I dye my hair dark?”
Darker hair for Fall is a time-honored color tradition which we wholeheartedly support. Not only does dark hair look incredibly shiny and luxurious, it flatters every skin tone—if you find the right shade. And if you’ve always wanted darker hair, we say go for it! Life is too short to have a hair color that you don’t love.
While seeing a professional colorist is still the best way to get the raven waves of your dreams, there are still some things to consider before you take the plunge. Here’s our ultimate guide to going dark (and loving it) for Fall.
See a professional!
We’ll say it loud and proud: significant hair changes should always be done by a professional. It’s incredibly easy to make a major color mistake if you DIY—you can end up with a patchy dye job or an unflattering shade, and you can even have an allergic reaction to ingredients in the dye itself. Dark dye is also notoriously difficult to remove from hair, so once made, mistakes are difficult (and expensive) to fix.
Yeah, that’s a lot of drama that we can do without. Instead, find a good colorist and put your trust—and soon-to-be-dark hair—in their hands.
Don’t rush into it.
Hair color isn’t a race, so don’t think that you need to make the biggest change possible all at once. That’s a recipe for regret if we’ve ever heard one! Instead, add some lowlights two to three shades deeper than your current hair color. This will help you acclimate to having darker hair, as well as fine-tune your perfect shade—and besides, bronde hair is still the hottest color ticket in town.
Autumn is a time of reds, oranges and yellows—and bringing that to your brunette hair is also a great idea. Dark browns with slightly golden undertones tend to be the most flattering colors, as they “warm up” practically all skin tones, making the most of all the sun you got this summer.
The temptation can be to go straight for the most dramatic, Dita Von Teese-style dark hair color possible—but try to resist. Straight black dye is not only very difficult to pull off well (it tends to make any redness stand out like crazy), it’s also hard to maintain, and nigh impossible to remove if you decide to go light again. Instead of setting your heart on the bluest, inkiest black imaginable, consider a more “natural” black—like a rich espresso brown. This will give you the dramatic look you’re going for and is still really wearable.
Work WITH your natural color.
Black isn’t the only dark shade out there—so consider a deeper, richer version of your natural hair color. There’s a panoply of dark reds, rich coffee browns and intense blondes out there that can add darkness and depth to your color without being a mega-dramatic change. Not only is this an easier change for your colorist to make, it’s also guaranteed to look amazing on you.
Consider the upkeep.
Though dark hair is often touted as the low-maintenance dye job of your dreams, keeping dark hair looking perfect still requires work. Sun exposure, hard water, pollution and clarifying shampoos can all change the color of your dark hair—so if you go seriously dark, prepare to embrace color protecting products and temporary hair glosses. And if you’re natural color is lighter than your chosen brunette, or if you’re covering up greys, prepare to see your colorist every four to six weeks to keep up with root regrowth. After all, hair color worth having never comes without some minor sacrifices!